Starting XI: Pirates v Baroka
Absa Premiership Starting XI: Orlando Pirates v Baroka FC 06 January 2018
Teams: Orlando Pirates v Baroka FC
Date: 06 January 2018
Venue: Orlando Stadium
Orlando Pirates will be looking to get back to winning ways in the Absa Premiership when they host Baroka FC on Saturday evening at Orlando Stadium.
The Buccaneers have had a decent first round of the league under new coach Milutin Sredojevic, but their form has not exactly translated into points on the board.
The Soweto giants slipped to their third defeat of the season, when they lost 2-1 to Free State Stars in their last match before the December break and find themselves lying eighth on the log with 20 points from 15 games.
Sredojevic's troops have only won once in their last 10 matches and this should be a cause for concern going into the second round of the league.
Meanwhile, Bakgaga have a reputation for slaying big giants in the top flight and will be salivating at the prospect of yet another upset of the Soweto giants, after they also beat Kaizer Chiefs in the first round.
Kgoloko Thobejane's troops currently lie fifth on the log with 22 points from 15 games following a brilliant start.
The Limpopo-based side ended their seven-match winless run with a 3-1 victory over SuperSport United in their last outing of the year 2017.
Here's how they line up:
Pirates: 16. Mabokgwane, 8. Matlaba, 6. Shitolo, 23. Dube, 23. Maela, 11. Memela, 33. Munetsi, 45. Mobara, 14. Nyatama, 24. Kutumela, 27. Shonga.
Baroka: 16. Vries, 6. Shaku, 3. Mahashe, 21. Moeti, 31. Masenamela, 15. Mothupa, 9. Nguzana, 23. Kgaswane, 4. Madubanya, 8. Mdantsane, 17. Ngalande.